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Excitement to disappointment

Coronavirus affects high school seniors' plans

 

April 30, 2020

LuAnn Schindler

Dressed up, nowhere to go • Clearwater Public Schools senior, Kierra Bearinger, is disappointed about classic school activities seniors experience in springtime, including prom and graduation, being canceled. She looks forward to a rescheduled Close-Up trip in July and is "still hoping for a traditional graduation ceremony sometime this summer."

When Clearwater, Ewing and Orchard seniors went to school March 16, they did not know it would be the last time they attended school with their classmates.

The three school districts announced they would be closed, due to coronavirus concerns, for a two-week period beginning March 17. A week later, administrators announced the remainder of the school year would be completed at home, based on recommendations from local health officials, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Dr. Matt Blomstedt, commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Education.

The decision meant none of the usual springtime...



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